Local Lad Lays Down Claim To Start At Sunderland

Paul Dummett came on for Steven Taylor in the first game of the season at the Etihad Stadium in August, and he came on yesterday after Mapou Yanga=Mbiwa was sent off –  again  just before half time – and in both games Paul was one of Newcastle’s best players.

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Paul Dummett – very good game yesterday

So the local lad not only played well yesterday against Liverpool, this time in central defense, but he scored a good opportunist goal from an excellent Yohan Cabaye free kick.

So yesterday after the game, which gave Newcastle fans a huge lift, we were hoping Paul would be given his chance in the important game at the Stadium of Light next Sunday afternoon, but it looks as though that may not happen.

This is what Alan Pardew said in the local papers today:

“I enjoyed Dummy’s goal, even the bunny-hop at the end. He’ll get teased for that.”  “It’s great for our Academy because he has got in front of some seriously good players.”

“We had a lucky break in that Mike Williamson didn’t train so Dummy worked beside Mapou on Friday, so he was ready.”  “Steven Taylor was touch and go to be available today and I cannot imagine that he won’t be roaring on Monday morning, ready to play.”

“He will get the nod over Paul because you need experience more than anything in the derby.” “But if Steven or Willo gets a knock, I’ll turn to Paul with no problem.”

“He showed today against the toughest of opposition that he is more than capable.”

That’s a pity Paul will not be given his chance at Sunderland if Steven Taylor is finally fit – we’d like to see Dummett get a run in the first team – because he looks good every time he plays for Newcastle – and here’s a defender who can actually score a goal from set plays – somthing Willo hasn’t yet managed in over 100 games for the Magpies.

And Davide Santon will be reminded to keep playing well, because any dip in form could see Paul coming in at left back.

Paul is certainly knocking at the door at the very least at Newcastle, and it’s great to see a local lad come through the Academy and push for a first team starting position.

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